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HomeLatin AmericaFamilies in Culiacan say 140 people are missing following violent attacks in...

Families in Culiacan say 140 people are missing following violent attacks in wake of Ovidio Guzman arrest

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Mexico City, Mexico — After the arrest of Sinaloa Cartel underboss Ovidio Guzman on January 5, cartel members wreaked havoc in their home city of Culiacan, Sinaloa in an effort to force his release. 

Days later, residents say that 140 people are missing in the wake of the violence. 

On January 9, residents of Jesús María, a community in Culiacan, entered the local government headquarters to report that friends and family members, including children, remain missing since the violent cartel backlash. 

According to the demonstrators, the missing are between 12 and 35 years of age, both men and women. 

Local media reported that the people of Jesús María demanded the state governor, Rubén Rocha Moya, take action to find the missing. 

They also denounced abuses by the military who had been patrolling Culiacan in an effort to quell cartel violence. They allege that security forces abused their power, illegally searching the homes of people without any connection to the attacks.  

Residents also demanded the immediate withdrawal of the military from the streets of Culiacan. 

Through his Twitter account, Sinaloa’s chief of security, Cristóbal Castañeda, applauded the support of the Mexican military while assuring that the violence seems to have subsided. 

“It should be noted that the arrival of the military troops reinforces security in the capital. There have been no new incidents in the city. The population can return to its normal activities,” said Castañeda on Twitter. 

Following the demonstration on Monday, Governor Rocha pledged to follow up on the demands of the people of Jesús María and to remove the military from the community. 

Schools in the area remain closed, and children from the small community are reportedly restarting their studies on January 16. Around 101 schools across Sinaloa are

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